BBC Proms

How low can the BBC go?

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Last weekend’s papers claimed that the government desires a ‘massively pruned back’ BBC. Former Conservative cabinet minister Damian Green and…

Power of two: Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim play a duet at this year’s Lucerne Festival

Mistaken identity

26 August 2017 9:00 am

This year’s Lucerne Festival is given its identity by having as its theme ‘Identity’. Since the word doesn’t mean anything,…

Time to end authenticity

12 August 2017 9:00 am

They say the first step towards recovery is admitting that you have a problem. So I’m staging an intervention and…

Who is Kirill Petrenko?

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Two summers ago, the BBC were offered a Proms visit by the Bavarian State Orchestra with its music director, Kirill…

Who is Kirill Petrenko?

10 August 2017 1:00 pm

Two summers ago, the BBC were offered a Proms visit by the Bavarian State Orchestra with its music director, Kirill…

Losing our religion

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem, performed at the Proms on Sunday, isn’t about Brexit. The composer had to make this…

The joy of the Proms

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Summer nights, hot and humid, mean just one thing — it’s Proms season again. Sore feet, sweaty armpits, queuing outside…

Hadyn recreated

22 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Rarely, rarely, comest thou, Spirit of Delight!’ wrote Elgar, quoting Shelley, at the top of his Second Symphony. He should…

Band apart: conductor John Wilson, whose orchestra boasts some of the best wind and brass players on the planet

Let there be light

13 July 2017 1:00 pm

If you’ve never heard the John Wilson Orchestra, it’s time to experience pure happiness. Buy their 2016 live album Gershwin…

The Heckler: those behind the Proms this year have the imagination of a dead fish

30 April 2016 9:00 am

BBC Proms 2016 is about as exciting as my sock drawer. But it’s unclear who exactly is to blame. The…

Neville Marriner: still going strong at the age of 90

How conductors keep getting better at 90

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Matthew Stadlen talks to three conductors about growing old very gracefully

Did the Proms' Billy Budd turn a mystery into a mess?

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The many opera performances at the Proms this year have all been so successful, especially the Wagner series, that I…

‘It was like 26-dimensional chess’: Roger Wright on managing the Proms

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Kate Chisholm talks to the director of the BBC Proms about the challenges of coming up with 75 nightly programmes